That afternoon we sent Frankie and Graham off on their own, remembering that we do not like too much structured activity. We went back to the encampment late in the day after a brief rest at Hillsdale House.

This illustration of the fort as it used to look  shows that it initially had a court and buildings were grouped somewhat like those at Port Royal. The Officers Quarters were then under construction. All other buildings are now gone.

Later that day the incarcerated American reappeared dressed in a shirt and apparently "rehabilitated."

Let bygones be bygones?

.I like that foreground exchange.

.Note the colonial photographer.

All great characters and character actors.

The 84th was tasked with defending British maritime provinces from American Revolutionary attacks by land and sea. Throughout the war, American privateers devastated the maritime economy by raiding many of the coastal communities. There were constant attacks by American privateers, including this fellow.

The 84th Regiment was also stationed at four locations around the Bay of Fundy: Fort Edward (Windsor), Fort Anne (Annapolis), Fort Cumberland (Amherst), and Fort Howe (Saint John). There were also forts that the 84th were stationed at on Cape Sable, Fort Cornwallis (Kentville, Nova Scotia), Sydney Mines Battery (Spanish River, Sydney),[20] Fort Frederick (Placentia, Nfld.). The Regiment was also at Fort Hughes (Oromocto, New Brunswick). They were also stationed at forts in the 13 Colonies: Brooklyn Heights (New York) and Ft. Augusta (Georgia).

In the fall of 1775 American privateers made an unopposed landing in Prince Edward Island and completely destroyed the fisheries at Canso, Nova Scotia. The 84th garrisoned newly built Fort Howe at Saint John that year, but the Americans immediately burned and pillaged it. It was raided twice more while the British were attempting to rebuild it.

The 84th was however successful at boarding and capturing a privateer vessel off Lunenburg in that same year. They also managed to detain a dozen of these varlets near Fort Windsor in an operation where one of them was killed.

In another raid on Annapolis Royal in 1781, prisoners were captured by the crew of an American privateer and later released on parole on promise of exchange for an American prisoner at Halifax. So, this playlet was not an entire fiction!

In November of 1777, the 84th Regiment was involved in the raid of a fort at Castine, Maine, a privateering port at the mouth of the Penobscot River. The capture of this vital port interrupted its use as a staging area by privateers to attack Nova Scotia.

The 84th was the only Highland regiment to keep and use its traditional highland uniform; plaids and swords, for the duration of the war. General Gage specified that the new military unit would be "loathed Armed and accoutered in like manner with His Majesty's Royal Highland Regiment", indicating that they would wear the Highland Scots military uniform, unlike the more conventional uniforms worn by other Provincial units.

Under the command of Captain MacDonald in October of 1778, these men spied a large American privateer ship raiding the port. They destroyed the privateer vessel, which mounted ten carriage guns. General Massey, commended him, writing that he "highly approved" of his conduct.

In December 1778, Captain Campbell took seven men with him to retrieve an American privateer that was abandoned on Partridge Island. They reclaimed the craft and towed it safely to Annapolis Royal. In another raid on Annapolis Royal in 1781, prisoners were captured by the crew of an American privateer and later released on parole on promise of exchange for an American prisoner at Halifax.

Back at the Inn we found them interested in taking in the annual "graveyard walk." We declined...

and spent a quite evening at home on the third floor.

historic gardens

We misfired in taking our guests to the local pub and the Chinese restaurant was no better. The motorcycle parade was fun. On the third day which was overcast and humid I think everyone was a bit anxious to end all that frantic activity, but we though the Historic Gardens, a short walk away, might be OK, we had enjoyed a foray there in May.

That was another mistake. In May there are neither black flies nor mosquitoes.

Everything in the Gardens was more lush than it had been in May, but...

A feature of this place is this reproduction of an Acadian homestead.

Frankie and Graham had reason to be somewhat disappointed.

Being unwilling blood donors to start with.

One has to ask, how did they survive insect attacks.

Insects are at their height when the climate turns tropical.

Hey, hey! Monet?

This building is new since 2013.

There was supposedly an associated restaurant, which we might of patronized. Not open!

That other building turned out to be another interpretive centre. Another bad idea to join those strange "sculptures" which have blossomed in late years.

I am largely immune to bugs having been bitten innumerable times in the past but I still have the annoyance of having them hover and reject me.

This is the English Victorian garden.

In normal circumstances...

Sad to say this place still beats Kingsbrae in Saint Andrews hands down.

Decidedly prime time!

However more enjoyable in retrospect.

Fare thee well.

We stopped on the way home at our usual greasy spoon, which I think closed (perhaps for good) last year. It was near Kedgi Park.